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Number of foreign spouses dropping year-on-year: MOI

Staff writer, with CNA

The number of foreign spouses of Taiwanese nationals has decreased annually over the past five years, with the decrease especially obvious for Vietnamese spouses, according to data from the Ministry of the Interior (MOI).

The statistics show that Vietnamese spouses accounted for 43.2 percent of foreign spouses in Taiwan as of the end of last year, followed by Thais at 13.6 percent. Compared with 2011, the number of Vietnamese spouses was down by about 3,000.

Over the five-year period, the ratio of Vietnamese spouses has dropped sharply, while the ratio of spouses of other nationalities has increased slightly, according to the statistics.

The ministry said that at the end of 2007, the ratio of Vietnamese spouses was 59.24 percent, but at the end of last year, it had fallen 16 percentage points.

According to the National Immigration Agency, this shows that the ratio of foreign spouses has reached “saturation point.”

However, the ratio of Chinese spouses of Taiwanese nationals is far higher than any other foreigners, but Chinese spouses are not included in the same statistics.

Meanwhile, statistics on foreigners in the country as of the end of last year show that the number increased by 44,000 from the end of 2011, mainly because of an increase in the number of foreign workers.

In terms of foreign workers, the ministry said the percentage of Indonesian workers was the highest at 42.9 percent, followed by Vietnamese workers at 22.5 percent and workers from the Philippines at 19.5 percent.

Over the past five years, the number of Indonesian workers has increased by 10.6 percentage points, while the number of Filipinos and Vietnamese has decreased year-on-year.

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